“But the righteous is generous and gives.” Psalms 37:12b
Tzedakah means doing the right thing. In Jewish tradition, it is an act to help those who are in need. It is often referred to as charity, but its root word really means justice or fairness. We are called in Scripture to help others and as followers of Yeshua we are to demonstrate our love for each other. (Matthew 5:16, 1 John 2:29, 3:7, 10).
Each Friday night during our Erev Shabbat prayers before the kindling of the Shabbos lights, our youngest son says the blessing:
“Blessed art Thou, L-rd our G-d, King of the Universe, Who sanctified us with His commandments and commands us concerning charity.”
He then places some money into the tzedakah box. The boys decided that all the money in their tzedakah box will go to CBY:India and CBY:Kenya. G-d is abundantly blessing these missions. These mission are literally caring for orphans, widows, and the poor.
Do you who gave the greatest act of tzedakah?
It was Yeshua. He gave Himself as a sacrifice for our sins, so that we would be rescued from death and eternal damnation. He fulfilled Scripture and it is through our faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Him that we are saved. We are to righteously live by faith (Hab. 2:4, Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11). He is our example, and we are to give glory to the Righteous One through our actions. (Isaiah 24:16)